A Mozilla winter: Web-makers, co-designers and curriculum-bakers…
Since moving back to Vancouver and taking on a role as Curation and Co-Design Lead on Mozilla’s ultra-talented #TeachTheWeb team, I’ve been doing a lot of exactly that — co-designing — and while such a job brief might not be about the type of design you’re thinking of, it’s been equally wonderful in its grey-area fluidity. The term co-design comes from an approach out of 1970s Scandinavia called Participatory Design, which starts from the premise that all people are inherently creative, and therefore able to play an *active* role in a design and development arc. In Norway, this manifested in a revolutionary movement of trade unionists and academics at the Norwegian Iron and Metal Workers Union to directly involve factory workers in the design of computer technologies imposed on them by employers, empowering them to become stakeholders who were directly involved in the research process…
Well, London - this is it.
4 years, 2 visas, 84 passport stamps, 5 million bus rides, 1 master’s degree, 2 jobs, 7 Kieran Hebden sets, 9 superior flatmates, 2 stolen phones, 8 wonderful best friends and 1 great love later, I’ve had to leave you for the green shores of Vancouver [and a new Mozilla office!]. This isn’t the end though. It’s another beginning. And I’ll be back. With massive amounts of gratitude, I now look towards the trees.
*[With one more very big hug to the many beautiful folk who left wonderful messages of support, encouragement and love on Facebook, Twitter and email over the transition. You have honoured me beyond words.]
Building Cultural Heritage: A RemixJam with Tate Britain
The open web has presented cultural heritage institutions with big opportunities to engage global audiences and make their collections more discoverable (and shareable!) than ever before. A few weeks ago I headed to the Tate Britain to deliver a skills-sharing workshop (at Mozilla, we call this method Train the Trainer) to prepare their Gallery Collectives on the use of digital remix tools ahead of the Tate’s public housewarming party.
Our goal? Use Webmaker's open source webpage remix tool XRay Goggles to engage makers of all ages with the process of digital curation and licensing for cultural heritage institutions. During the session, sitting in the Tate’s brand new ‘digital studio’, the group realised there was a real need to create a public, remixable curriculum kit that other heritage institutions could use to engage audiences critically with their digital collections (and importantly, with the open web and the cultural commons). The result? This Cultural Remixjam Teaching Kit.
#Mozfest 2013: Teaching and making a DIY web, together.
A few weeks ago, after 6 months of planning and late-night Skype conversations, 2,100 technologists from 50 nations descended on the checkered monolith of Ravensbourne College along the Thames in London, facilitating 250 sessions, drinking 7,650 cups of coffee and spawning an infinite number of new ideas. Weeks later, I’m still reeling!
The reason for such a multicoloured flurry of activity around the e-globe, you ask? Mozfest, the world’s most “fiercely unconventional” 2-day open technology festival. Focused on learning, making and co-creation, Mozfest is the open web geek’s utopia, resulting each year in a vast and impressive list of insane new projects. This year was our biggest yet, with 12 themed tracks ranging from Open Privacy to Open Badges to Open Games. And this year, the equally insane Laura Hilliger and I decided to jump in and wrangle an entire floor of crazy at the event entitled Build and Teach the Web…
Where 'Open' Is the New Digital ...
Above is the recording of a conversation I had with JISC for INFORM magazine about The Open Book, a crowdsourced experiment in open knowledge I put together earlier this year with co-editors Jussi Nissilä and Timo Vuorikivi, the help of The Finnish Institute and the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the words of 30 talented leaders in the field who wrote an amazing series of unique, heartfelt pieces that made this project come alive. It has been deeply humbling to be a part of this project, inspired by last year’s Open Knowledge Festival in Helsinki and the 1,000 wonderful, passionate people who helped made it happen — and it’s been even more amazing to be able to release all content in an open format so that anyone can read and share it. More details about the Open Book’s process can be found here - and for those interested in the MOOC mentioned in the interview, here is Mozilla’s #TeachTheWeb.
Brussels, Web, Futures.
On Monday, I jumped on the Eurostar for a last-minute trip to a 'deep dive' roundtable session in Brussels held by the Lisbon Council and Telefonica Europe. The intent? To explore the potential for policies that promote digital literacy for young people, or “youth” as we’re apparently referred to by people who hang out in Brussels. After a keynote by Mozilla’s own Mark Surman, a debate concept was posed: How can European policymakers engender a situation where young people are inspired to learn more digital skills to help solve Europe’s existing unemployment crisis? And these discussions couldn’t come at a more salient time.
WHAT IS THIS RABBIT HOLE?
this is a scroll of machines bits, drawings + words from a desert grown she-wolf at mozilla, with hearts in london and vancouver and travel visas to everywhere else.
+ LIBRE GRAPHICS 2013 / 12 april / madrid
"keynote: the future of open design"
+ NEXTGEN WEB BROADBAND / 9 oct / london
"panel: transparency & inclusion"
+ CAMPUS PARTY / 23 august / berlin
"panel: role of women in EU politics"
+ FAB*MANCH / 19 may / manchester, uk
"the open design definition"
+ RE:PUBLICA / 2 may / berlin, germany
"hacking open data for communities"
+ FREE CITY / 26 april / tallinn, estonia
"open knowledge & OKFestival"
+ PUBLIC MEETUP / 6 april / thessaloniki
"open data and OKFN chapters"
OTHER IDEAS, ALL THRASHING ABOUT
as kaibray, i explore intersections between open technologies, creativities + communities - and how they can change our world.
MAKING, HACKING AND i-TROLLING
in 2011, i released a MSc digital anthropology thesis on the role of gender embodiment and identity amongst F/LOSS hackers in Europe with university college london...